"Own only what you can always carry with you: know languages, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag. "
canada: where hot politicians take off their shirts and box for charity
these guys are poliTICIANS!?
i don’t know why, but i can’t stop laughing at the notes…
"The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others. "
A brilliant series of minimalist typographic tributes to scientists and their discoveries. I especially like the Copernicus one :)
Artwork by Kapil Ghagat (on Tumblr at bhagatkapil)
shall i compare thee to a summer’s day?
hot as balls
Ahhhh, high literature.
when you spell a word so wrong that spell check is like i dont know what to tell u man
First algae powered building goes up in Hamburg
A 15-unit apartment building has been constructed in the German city of Hamburg that has 129 algae filled louvered tanks hanging over the exterior of the south-east and south-west sides of the building—making it the first in the world to be powered exclusively by algae. Designed by Arup, SSC Strategic Science Consultants and Splitterwerk Architects, and named the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) House, the building demonstrates the ability to use algae as a way to heat and cool large buildings.
Algal power! Like, literally…
Beyond treating individual letters as physical objects, the human brain may also perceive a text in its entirety as a kind of physical landscape. When we read, we construct a mental representation of the text in which meaning is anchored to structure. The exact nature of such representations remains unclear, but they are likely similar to the mental maps we create of terrain—such as mountains and trails—and of man-made physical spaces, such as apartments and offices. Both anecdotally and in published studies, people report that when trying to locate a particular piece of written information they often remember where in the text it appeared. We might recall that we passed the red farmhouse near the start of the trail before we started climbing uphill through the forest; in a similar way, we remember that we read about Mr. Darcy rebuffing Elizabeth Bennett on the bottom of the left-hand page in one of the earlier chapters.
In most cases, paper books have more obvious topography than onscreen text. An open paperback presents a reader with two clearly defined domains—the left and right pages—and a total of eight corners with which to orient oneself. A reader can focus on a single page of a paper book without losing sight of the whole text: one can see where the book begins and ends and where one page is in relation to those borders. One can even feel the thickness of the pages read in one hand and pages to be read in the other. Turning the pages of a paper book is like leaving one footprint after another on the trail—there’s a rhythm to it and a visible record of how far one has traveled. All these features not only make text in a paper book easily navigable, they also make it easier to form a coherent mental map of the text.
In contrast, most screens, e-readers, smartphones and tablets interfere with intuitive navigation of a text and inhibit people from mapping the journey in their minds."
Booya! My Luddite tendencies may be better explained by… SCIENCE!!!
(Source: , via thescienceofreality)
Sometimes, I wish I had more fingers to give…
Ladies and gentlemen, it has been a privilege blogging with you.
- me: wow i have so much work to do
- me: --goes on tumblr--
- me: --watches a movie--
- me: --writes a novel--
- me: --teaches myself sitar--
- me: --climbs a mountain--
- me: --backpacks through europe--
- me: why am i not getting anything done
"The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you. "